Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy Tell Parade: Paparazzi Should Leave Kids Alone

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By Daniel Gates


Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, buddy cops in the upcoming The Heat, open up to Parade about their friendship, their kids, and the menace of paparazzi.

The actresses hadn’t met before filming, but became fast friends and remain very close. Bullock tells the magazine how it all came together. She explains, “I’ve always wanted to do a female buddy film, the kind the guys get to do. This didn’t have anything to do with getting a guy, and it didn’t involve shoe shopping… I’d seen Bridesmaids, and I said, ‘If Melissa McCarthy wants to work with me…’”

“The first week I was like, ‘What is she doing? That’s not in the script.’ I was the lone actor, jack-of-one-trade, in a room full of improv actors and stand-up comedians. I mean, you should just listen to the stuff that comes out of her mouth,” marvels Bullock.

The admiration is mutual. McCarthy tells Bullock, “Before I knew you — don’t listen, I don’t want you to get cocky — I was asked in an interview who I thought was funny, and I said you… I love to watch someone who just goes for it and isn’t worried about whether it’s silly or awkward or unflattering.”

According to Bullock, parenthood strengthens the pals’ bond. “Having kids connected us on a deeper level,” she tells Parade. “And the things we’re obsessed with outside of being a mom are the same, too: construction and house renovation…. We’re kindred spirits in that world. If we had a beer den, with Barcaloungers — but our version of that — it’d be great.”

Of motherhood, Bullock says, “My entire life revolves around [son] Louis.” “Every single second of every single day… I don’t know if I feel like a bad mom, but at the end of the day I’m always plagued with, did I do enough? Should I go in a different direction?” she reveals. McCarthy admits that it “plagues” her, too. “I feel intensely guilty for working,” she says. “You have to be able to provide for your kids. But I feel like it’s a weird modern phenomenon that you always feel guilty for it.”

Another challenge for the stars is dealing with paparazzi in Los Angeles. Bullock explains, “We’re adults, and we’re fair game — not that I like being photographed going in and out of school in my sweatpants. But I instinctively throw things over Louis’s head.” “He doesn’t like [the paparazzi],” the actress says of her young son. “He gives them the stink-eye, and they’re like, ‘That’s such an angry kid,’ but I look at them and say, ‘Only when you guys are around.'” She continues, “I don’t raise Louis in Hollywood. I raise him in my world. To me the good thing about living in L.A. is diversity in lifestyle choices, color, and religion. I want Louis to look around and see every color under the sun. I also have the luxury of splitting my time between L.A. and Austin.”

McCarthy is similarly frustrated with the photographers. “Strangers shouldn’t be allowed to take a picture of your child and sell it for profit,” declares the comic actress. “They think, ‘We’re putting out a product,’ but you’re putting out a child…. [husband] Ben and I have absolutely nothing to do with the Hollywood that’s all actors and the Sunset Strip. We crave talking to people who do different things and are passionate about it. We have some of the most rock-solid, lovely friends in the world.”

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